Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hitting The Reset Button...Again

How has your weekend been? Hopefully full of good times and even better runs!

My weekend has gone well...if you follow me on social media platforms, I posted last night that Darcy and I attended the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township's annual gala. Darcy is on the Board of Directors of this great organization, and as always we had a great time. I even won a couple silent auction events!

At the same time, a couple of things friends of mine did this weekend really made me step back and make a few decisions. First, my friend Brent, who I had a good time with running the Viking Half Marathon back in March, emailed me that he had finished his final 20-miler in preparation for the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis on Dec. 5. He has been very happy with his training and hopes to maybe run 3:30 on race day.

As I'm typing this, two of my other friends, Wally and Larissa -- who, by the way, will be guests on a really epic podcast in the near future -- are lining up to run the Rock N Roll Las Vegas half marathon.

What does that have to do with me? I was registered to run both of those events with them, and unfortunately I will be doing neither. I know, circumstances got in the way of both of those things, but that doesn't mean I can't be disappointed, and I am.

So, it's left me thinking...it's been 80 days since my accident, and it's time to get back to work. I've been in recovery mode long enough, and it's time to try to get back to normal. In many ways "normal" is still a ways off because it will be a long time before I regain full function in my arm, but I have to kind of stop using my accident as an excuse for my sins.

I know, I'm being too hard on myself, aren't I? I did suffer a major trauma, one that did a real number on my body, so a recovery period is necessary. And it was hard, for several weeks I was in considerable discomfort and pain, I had trouble sleeping and just overall felt terribly crappy.

That part I accept, but what I'm disappointed about is that I used it as a reason to slip into some bad habits. I didn't really eat all that well, didn't drink much water and threw down a TON of energy drinks (Monster is a vice of mine). While I did some fun things and got some runs in, especially on our trip to Italy, I also blew off a lot of good running days too.

The thing that upsets me the most? I've gained 15 pounds! I had been doing well over the summer, losing 20 pounds in the course of a few months, so I'm kind of back where I started.

Ugh.

Oh well, because tomorrow is a new day, right? It's just time to go back to what was working in the summer: eating right, hydrating, logging steps on my Fitbit, and of course, lots of running! I have a couple of races scheduled in the next couple of weeks, of course, and in the end, if I can tack on some mileage on my long runs over the next few weeks, I'll be back to where I was at the end of 2014, and that was a great start to 2015.

This is a good time to get going again, I've set a couple of goals and physically I'm feeling better. I'm pretty much off the Norco pain meds I was taking, whose side effects had a lot to do with my feeling crappy, and I know that will make a big difference too.

It's also pretty important to get back on the stick with the holiday season beginning as well. If you don't keep yourself in line over the next few weeks, it can get out of hand in a hurry!

With six weeks of 2015 left, I'm not expecting this massive, Biggest Loser-type transformation, but I'd be happy if I could get half of what I put on back. At least that's my goal!

I know that usually I'm very positive in this space, but right now I felt that I needed a bit of a butt-kicking, and figured I'd hold myself more accountable if I put it out there publicly. So here it is! More than anything, I just want to finish the year on a positive note.

Do you feel like you need to challenge yourself? What is one goal you have for the rest of 2015?

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  1. Coming back from an injury is not always easy. Take it one step at a time!

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  2. Thanks, I'm trying! I'm a little impatient and stubborn by nature, the last couple of months have been a true test for me! :--)

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  3. At least you are ready to start fresh... you can do it.
    & you're right, its better to get a hold of things now before the holidays go into full gear where its so easy to slap on an extra 5+ by the end of the year.
    I'll be here to cheer you on!!!
    My goal - I have another 30 lbs I want to loose so by the end of the year, I'm wanting to get 5 more lbs off so in 2016, its only 25 left.... its all about accountability!!!

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    1. Thanks! It's always been a bit of a struggle for me but the positive to my accident is that I want to finally make some changes I had been thinking about for a while! I'll definitely cheer you on as well, and I agree, being accountable to others makes a difference!

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  4. You know what Mike--tomorrow is a new day! And it sounds like while you may have fallen away from your goals, you enjoyed yourself and now recognize it is time to get back to the goals at hand!

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    1. Thanks! I really want to have a big 2016 when it comes to my running and I want to get a jump start on it now!

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  5. At least your are making that first step, and weaning yourself off of the pain meds is not an easy task, especially since you are still in pain! Good luck!

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    1. I'm feeling so much better! If things hurt a lot I still have them there just in case, but while my arm hurts the rest of me does better without them. Very quickly I have a lot more energy!

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  6. Hello from the blog hop! I'm so sorry to hear about your accident and I missed you in Vegas! You can get back on track though! I've been struggling with thyroid stuff and finally think I'm seeing some progress with a new doc. My goal is to finish 2015 strong in terms of the foods I'm putting in my body. Yay for no pain meds!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I'm so looking forward to what's ahead!

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  7. Half the battle is convincing your mind of what you need to do. New visitor from the hop so sorry to hear about your accident. You've got such a good attitude about things. Good luck as you move forward!!

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    1. Thank you, and I enjoyed your blog as well. I've always been a positive person, no matter what, because the best thing to do is look ahead to greater days!

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  8. I'm a new visitor from the blog hop too so I'm sorry to learn of your accident but it sounds like you're much better and ready to take on the next step of recovery - getting back out there.
    Sometimes, plans have to change and that's okay. All the best with your weight loss goals. I am working on that too - I have a few pounds to lose before the holiday feasts begins 😀
    Http://runwright.net

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    1. Thanks! The last few years have tested me in terms of the "changing plans" thing, but I feel better and more confident because of it.

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  9. Hi, I'm coming from the hop. I ran the Viking Half Marathon too! I thought the town was very quaint and enjoyed that race. I've been unable to run lately due to a foot fracture but hope to get back to it soon. I'm sorry to hear about your accident and wish you luck as you continue to recover. Every day we get a chance to start anew!

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    1. Wasn't the Viking Half fun? We are already committed to running it next year and I can't wait! Sorry to hear about your foot, hopefully you are on the road to recovery!

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  10. You're right, tomorrow is a new day! I'm sorry you had the accident, and sorry things got a bit out of control there for a while...completely natural for that to happen though. And, it is awesome that you've decided to make a shift now. A lot can happen in 6 weeks :) Good luck with your recovery, I reckon you will come back stronger than ever!
    Meg x
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    1. Thanks! For the first time in a long time, I'm not being as hard on myself as I may have been in the past, and that has made a big difference. I plan on coming back strong and look forward to turning the page in 2016!

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  11. Visiting from the blog hop! Thanks for sharing your very real struggle - getting and staying healthy is a lifelong commitment, with a series of stops and starts along the way!

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    1. It sure is! But as I have discovered from other experiences in my life, everything is all attainable with the right attitude and outlook!

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  12. Hello from Blog Hop. The good thing about deciding to make a change is how fun it will be when you start. I love new challenges especially when you have people you can share your journey with. I think that's what's so fun about blogging. We are all sharing ideas all the time. My current challenge is time management. I feel like I should be able to get more done each day. I don't like waking up know that I still have items from the day before that need completed before I can move on!

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    1. I agree, the thing I like about the blogging/running/fitness/etc community is the chance to share about ourselves. I know what you are talking about, I struggle with the same thing!

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  13. I struggled with an injury before summer and had the same problems you had! It's ok thought because we know what we have to do to get back on the right track. You can do it!!

    Amanda @bephoenixfit

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    1. Thanks! I've had a couple great runs this week that have given me a real boost!

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  14. I had a work injury about 3 years ago, it's kept me from being able to get back to running on the level I was before, but I have done a bit of the same things as you just described. I could have been better with the eating, and a few pounds have crept up. It's so easy for us to come down on ourselves for it, but like you said sometimes we just have to kick our own selves in the butt and stop using the little excuses and start being more accountable for our every day actions and living a healthy life and doing our best no matter our circumstances to love every minute of it!
    I have no doubt you'll get back on track, and who knows maybe you'll have learned a bit in the process. At least I always find I learn things from past mistakes and trials:) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Kristy! As I have mentioned in other comments, I've made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot about myself over the last few years that it leaves me so confident that I can get it done.

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  15. You can do it! It's all about mindset. If you believe in yourself, you will accomplish your goals. Each day will get easier and easier too. I'm here to cheer you on! I know how much that can help.

    Shannon (@GirlsGotSole.com)

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    1. That helps a lot Shannon! I do a lot of training on my own so having the support of people from all over the running community means a lot to me!

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  16. Mike, coming back from an injury is tough! Tomorrow is a new day and you will come back strong and with a new perspective! It is so great to connect with you via the blog hop!

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    1. Thanks so much for connecting,Lauren. It's been such a great week getting to know some new peeps!

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  17. I can relate about injuries :( It's so hard to push yourself again when you've had to take it easier. I have such a hard time trusting that I can push and not re-injure myself now. You can do it, Mike!

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    1. That's the next step, Denise, for sure. I'm just trying to push a little more each time out and I've had some good runs lately. Can't wait until my next race next Thursday!

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  18. Hi Mike {here from Grow Your Blog} I had two half marathons on my calendar the past month and half and I had to back out of both due to health. I get it, bummer. Sounds like you are going to find your mojo and get back on track soon since you are sharing out loud. :)

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    1. Hi Lynda, so sorry to hear about your setbacks lately. Hope you find your mojo soon too!

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  19. So nice to meet you through the hop. Keep you chin up you'll get back on track! I know it can be so hard bouncing back but you WILL do it!

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    1. Thanks Tricia! Feeling really positive right now!

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  20. Its never any fun to come back from an injury. Just focus on taking things one step and one day at a time, and hopefully you'll be back at it before you know it.

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping very, very soon! :--)

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  21. I think we all need to continuously challenge ourselves.....to be more active, to eat better " healthy foods" (or at least eat less of the "unhealthy" stuff), to smile more, etc. Myself, I'm a sugar addict. I don't really have to worry about my weight, but I do need to make more healthy choices. Ugh. SO easy to write it out, but acting on it is another story. Chin UP.....you have the right mind set, so keep your focus on the prize ;-)

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    1. I definitely feel good about challenging myself right now. Looking to try and have a GREAT 2016!

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  22. Sorry to hear about your accident. Keep a positive outlook and stay focused, you'll be back in no time.

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  23. I went through a similar year with a serious accident, resulting in 2 months off running, and a slow, slow recovery due to a family situation. In June, with a 9 mile a week base, I started training for the Chicago Marathon. I finished - not my best time - but I crossed the finish line.
    I found setting a goal and sticking to it with a "no matter what" attitude kept me accountable to myself. I hope that you can go after a goal of yours soon. Once you achieve it, you'll feel like a new you!

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    1. Congrats on finishing the marathon! That's so amazing! The "no matter" what attitude is what we need sometimes!

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  24. Stopping by from the blog hop!

    I am sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you are healing well.

    I often get caught in a tailspin too...I am working on trying to do better.

    Tomorrow is a fresh start for sure! You got this!

    Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. Thanks, Tamieka! I think one of the things that helps is knowing other people have the same kinds of struggles and together we can help lift each other up and accomplish our goals!

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  25. Wow, I hope you continue to recover well. It can be frustrating waiting to recover. You looked great at the gala event!

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    1. Thank you! I don't dress up like that often so I'm glad I was able to pull it off! :--)

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  26. You got this! Starting over is always tough, but it sounds like you needed lots of time to recover. Remember to have fun and not be too hard on yourself :)

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    1. Not being so hard on myself has been something I've really had to work at. When the accident first happened I was like "I'm going to absolutely kill this!", then the reality that this will take a long time hit me. Once I accepted that it has made all of this lots easier!

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  27. I'm sorry you're feeling down! Coming back from injury is hard so don't beat yourself up about it. It's good that you're challenging yourself. I think we all need a kick in the butt once in a while.

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    1. Thanks! All of the encouragement in these comments has really given me a boost!

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  28. Don't be so hard on yourself! It definitely takes time to make a comeback. Hang in there :)

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